The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in exactly 100 days. This global
event will mark the 20 year anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit, the event that
raised sustainability to the top of the global agenda, and which set up several
of the most relevant international agreements to combat some of the most
pressing environmental challenges, such as climate change, desertification and
the loss of biodiversity.
From 20 to 22 June 2012 Rio+20 will be in the spotlight, while more than 100
heads of states work together under the theme “The future we want” to renew
political commitment towards sustainability and poverty eradication, looking for
solutions and initiatives that can help to bring closer together the three
pillars of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental.
In this context, ITU is engaging country delegations, the private sector and the
UN system to highlight one of the major opportunities of our generation to
integrate the three pillars of sustainable development: the use of Information
and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
ICTs, such as the Internet, mobile phones and satellite, provide innovative
applications that create jobs, improve access to basic services (such as health
or education), reduce resource consumption (in particular energy consumption)
and empower communities through improved access to information and
collaboration. Put it simply ICTs help reinforce, converge and integrate all
three pillars of sustainable development, and they also support and facilitate
attainment of its fundamental underlying principles of efficiency, effectiveness
and equity. As our global community moves towards an information society, ICTs
have become cross-cutting enablers of a greener and fairer economy.
Visit www.itu.int/rioplus20 to find out
more and get involved in ITU´s activities in the road to Rio+20